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7/9: Minor League Wrap-Up

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Tacoma was blasted by Tucson, 10-3. Andrew Lorraine was bad out of the gate, allowing runs in each of the first four innings and putting the Rainiers in a 6-0 hole before the halfway point. Cesar Jimenez didn't help much out of the bullpen, either, giving up four more runs when the game was already out of hand. Greg Dobbs, Hunter Brown, and Ramon Santiago all had two-hit days, but the rest of the lineup was a combined 1-20 as Tacoma couldn't get much going against Chris Michalak. Notables:

Lorraine: 5 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Dobbs: 2-4
Brown: 2-4
Santiago: 2-3, 1 2B
Nunez: 1-4

San Antonio downed Midland, 9-5. Despite allowing a four-run third inning, Jon Huber picked up his sixth win of the year as the Missions scored all nine of their runs between the second and sixth innings. Jesse Hoorelbeke hit another home run, a solo shot in the second, but the big hits were a two-run double by TJ Bohn and a two-run single by Jesus Guzman. Each player would drive in three on the day, and Bohn recorded three hits to lead the offense. Guzman, Hoorelbeke, and Eriberto Menchaca all contributed with a pair of hits. Notables:

Huber: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Bohn: 3-5, 2 2B
Guzman: 2-5
Menchaca: 2-4
Hoorelbeke: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB
Jones: 1-4
Bubela: 1-5, 1 2B

Inland Empire dropped a nailbiter to Modesto, 10-9. It was a 9-5 Modesto lead in the bottom of the ninth, when the 66ers decided to play catch-up:

Pitcher Change: James Miller replaces Jason Burch.
Justin Ruchti singles on a ground ball to center fielder Joe Gaetti.
Sebastien Boucher walks. Justin Ruchti to 2nd.
Michael Garciaparra grounds into a force out, first baseman Simon Ferrer to shortstop Jonathan Herrera. Justin Ruchti to 3rd. Sebastien Boucher out at 2nd. Michael Garciaparra to 1st.
Asdrubal Cabrera singles on a line drive to center fielder Joe Gaetti. Justin Ruchti scores. Michael Garciaparra to 2nd.
Bryan Lahair homers (14) on a fly ball to right field. Michael Garciaparra scores. Asdrubal Cabrera scores.
Erick Monzon pops out to third baseman Ian Stewart in foul territory.
Carlos Arroyo strikes out swinging.

Unfortunately, the four-run rally would be negated the next inning, as a double, an error, and a wild pitch allowed the Nuts to take a 10-9 lead. Rafael Soriano got the "start" and tossed another shutout inning, but Brandon Moorhead was tagged for five runs in two innings of work in relief. Bryan Lahair had himself an incredible day, picking up four hits, two homers, and seven RBI. Notables:

Soriano: 1 IP, 1 H
Cate: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
Lahair: 4-5, 2 HR
Garbe: 2-5
Ruchti: 2-5
Garciaparra: 1-4
Boucher: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 BB

Wisconsin beat Peoria, 10-5. Mark Lowe came back to make his first start since June 4th, but had to leave after tossing a perfect first inning when a line drive hit him in the hand. Aaron Jensen tossed a moderately effective six innings out of the bullpen to pick up his fifth win. It was a six-run fifth inning that put the T'Rats up for good, highlighted by a Marshall Hubbard three-run homer. Brent Johnson picked up three hits of his own, while Oswaldo Navarro and Josh Womack each had two. Notables:

Lowe: 1 IP, 2 K
Jensen: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 4 K
Johnson: 3-4, 1 2B
Womack: 2-5
Navarro: 2-4
Tuiasosopo: 1-4, 1 BB
Falcon: 1-5, 1 HR
Green: 1-5, 1 2B

Everett held on to beat Salem-Keizer, 12-11. The Aquasox held a 12-3 lead after five, but a two-run sixth and three-run seventh for the Volcanoes made this one interesting. It got a lot morseo in the ninth, when Salem-Keizer cut the deficit to one and put men on first and second with one out. However, Cory Koliscak got Anthony Contreras to bounce into a double play to end the game. Nick Allen went six in the start, giving up five runs, while Casey Craig led the offense with a pair of home runs, including a grand slam. Luis Valbuena and JB Tucker added their own home runs as well, but it was an eight-run second inning - thanks to Craig's first blast - that put the game just barely out of reach. Notables:

Allen: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Craig: 2-4, 2 HR, 1 BB
Valbuena: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 BB
Tucker: 1-4, 1 HR
Eastley: 2-4, 1 BB
Hudson: 2-4
Prettyman: 1-5

Coming up: Jeff Harris for Tacoma, Bobby Livingston for San Antonio, Jason Mackintosh (?) for Inland Empire, Julio Santiago for Wisconsin, and Justin Thomas for Everett.